Saturday, October 01, 2011

54/64: Eat, Pray, Love

54/64: Eat, Pray, Love by Gilbert, 4/5 Stars
Entertained Me: High / Made Me Think: High

Eat, Pray, LoveImage via WikipediaI can already hear the gallery groaning, You read WHAT?!?! Hey, don't knock it until you've tried it; I really enjoyed this book because it hit on a curiosity that I've had for many years: interest in a more spiritual religion than Christianity. I admit, however, that I hid the front cover when I was reading it alone in a bar... though, in hindsight it could have been a great conversation starter with a beautiful woman.

A few of my favorite excerpts from the book:
“To find the balance you want this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly on the earth that it's like you have four legs, instead of two. That way, you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead.”

“The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart.”

“People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you'll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake.”
"Most of humanity have eyes that are so caked shut with the dust of deception they will never see the truth, no matter who tries to help them. A few others are so naturally clear-eyed and calm already that they need no instruction or assistance whatsoever. But then there are those whose eyes are just slightly caked with dust, and who might, with the help of the right master, be taught to see more clearly someday."

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Book #23 = Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by Rowling, 4/5 Stars
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Book #21 = Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by Rowling, 3/5 Stars
Book #20 = Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by Rowling, 3/5 Stars
Book #19 = Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by Rowling, 3/5 Stars
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See 2009's list of 53 books.
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